October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and last week I received a letter from my doctor’s surgery, inviting me for a breast screening. Now this made me feel — OLD! But, more importantly, it got me thinking about breast cancer and the importance of early detection, whether through screening or self examination.
I couldn’t wait for The Liberty Book of Home Sewing to reach the shelves, and luckily I didn’t have to, as the lovely people at Quadrille sent me one to review:
It’s a gorgeous book, with Liberty-print cloth cover and printed end-papers, beautifully illustrated and with amazing photographs of the finished projects. I think I let out a gasp when I turned a page and saw this bathroom with a Roman blind in ‘Kate Nouveau’ cotton canvas. This is definitely on my ‘to make’ list:
I also loved the sections on the history of Liberty fabrics, and the glossary of fabrics at the back of the book:
The book contains only 16 projects, which I found a bit disappointing (compared with the 150 in Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts: Basic Techniques Plus 150 Inspired Projects, but the clear layout and instructions mean that I will be more likely to look to this book for a project to make of a weekend (exactly what I did this Sunday afternoon).
All the projects are described as being perfectly achievable for beginner sewers, and range from the small (a rose corsage) to the large (a quilted bedcover). All of the projects are shown made up in Liberty fabric (of course), and some would not work as well if these fabrics were not used, the fabulous Peacock Pincushion for example:
Others would work in different fabrics, and today I spent a few hours making fabric-covered notebooks from the instructions accompanying this photograph:
I’m sorry, but if you are on my Christmas present list, you now know what is likely to turn up under your tree! I also thought I would make some to sell here on Molly and the Princess, as I know I have lots of stationery lovers following, and I think nice fabric-covered notebooks are hard to come by.
To help me set up shop, I thought I’d run a little giveaway to win one of my fabric-covered notebooks, similar to the one shown in the photo below:
The fabric slip-cover is removable, and covers an A6 softback notebook, with 120 gsm plain paper (perfect for ink pens!) and a ribbon page marker. To be in with a chance of winning this one, please comment on this post and help me out by answering a few questions:
– Would you be interested in seeing notebooks like this (in a variety of different fabrics, including limited edition printed cottons from the V&A) for sale here on Molly and the Princess (payment by paypal)?
– How much would you be prepared to pay for an A6 size? and for the (larger) A5 size? and for postage on top?
– Should they be described as notebooks or journals, which do you prefer?
For an extra entry (optional), please tweet “I’ve entered to win a gorgeous fabric-covered notebook from Molly and the Princess and @msmollylouise” and leave me a separate comment with your Twitter name to say you have done so.
Winners will be picked at random by the close of play on Friday 4 November, and I will publish the name here and contact by email and/or Twitter direct message. I really look forward to hearing your thoughts!
Good luck everyone.
The Liberty Book of Home Sewing was sent to me free of charge by Quadrille for the purposes of this review, but all opinions are my own and honest.
As a child I loved the 1944 film version of Jane Eyre with Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine, and of course a very young and beautiful Elizabeth Taylor in the role of Jane’s tubercular childhood friend, Helen Burns.